Modern Electroconvulsive Therapy Isn’t As Scary As You Think

By Stephanie Thomas Sometimes people who suffer from debilitating mental health issues test out countless medications and spend hundreds of hours in talk therapy to no avail. Situations like these must feel hopeless, even dire. If you or a loved one find yourself there today, we want to make sure you’re aware of another option:…

The Aftermath of Suicide: How Survivors Cope

By Kathryn Millán, LPC/MHSP Few things are more difficult than losing a loved one to suicide. There truly is no way to properly convey the grief that families and friends feel when someone they care about has attempted or died by suicide. It takes a great deal of strength to move forward after this type…

The Mental Health Benefits of Gratitude

By Taylor Davis Everyone can agree that gratitude is a good thing. It keeps us humble and focused on what we have rather than what we lack. It can help prevent indulgence, entitlement and negligence. Not only is gratitude a positive virtue that helps build these character traits, but it also can lead to many…

What Is It About Pet Therapy that Works?

By Pat Matuszak The counselor asked a subtle question now and then, consciously including each person in the group and giving them permission to share thoughts about their goals and difficulties. The atmosphere was remarkably relaxed considering the emotionally charged topics and each patient’s complex situation. One of the reasons for the calm was a…

Mental Health: Aftermath of a Hurricane

Each year, millions of people around the globe experience the trauma and devastation of a natural disaster. Since 2000, the five deadliest hurricanes in the U.S. have inflicted $209 billion in damages, destroying more than a million homes and killing 2,059 people.1 It is estimated that Hurricane Harvey, which devastated 50 counties in and around…

The Stigma of Mental Illness

Being socially connected is usually a good thing. Building a network of supportive friends and family can help us sort through life’s complicated issues. But could our web of relationships become a tangle that holds us back instead of helping us move ahead? Can the expectations of others keep us from making healthy choices? Studies…

Common Problems

In the field of mental health treatment, there are a number of topics that are addressed regularly by professionals but are new terminology to the individuals who suffer from them. Family and friends are also often at a loss to comprehend what is happening to their loved one. This glossary of common mental health issues…